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Castilleja, Gunn girls wrap up league golf titles
|The Gunn and Castilleja girls' golf teams wrapped up their respective division championships on Wednesday with impressive efforts.
The first-year Gunn girls' team wrapped up its first regular-season title in the Blossom Valley Athletic League (Santa Teresa Division) with a 204-299 win over host Sobrato at Coyote Creek Golf Course in San Jose.
Anna Zhou, who aced a par-4 on Monday, and Tiffany Yang each shot 1-over-par 35 and Jayshree Sarathy finished with a 38 as the Titans improved to 10-0 in league (13-1 overall).
Lianna McFarlane (44) and Sandrea Herchen (50) rounded out the scoring for Gunn, which next will play for a CCS berth at Wednesday's BVAL tournament at Santa Teresa Golf Course.
Castilleja (9-0, 10-0) remained unbeaten and clinched its sixth straight West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) title with a 216-230 win over Sacred Heart Prep at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club on Wednesday.
Caroline Debs (40), Taylor Wilkerson (44), Ellie Zales (46) and Nicole Mitchell (47) rounded out the scoring for Castilleja, which concludes round-robin play on Friday at Los Lagos GC versus Harker before joining Sacred Heart Prep in the WBAL Tournament at Poplar Creek GC in San Mateo next Wednesday.
Jessica Koenig and Maddy Ellison each shot 41 to pace SHP.
Elsewhere, Menlo School rebounded from a tough loss to Sacred Heart Prep a day earlier and posted a 252-292 victory over Mercy-Burlingame in a WBAL Foothill Division match played at Palo Alto Muni's par-37 front nine on Wednesday.
Menlo evened it's season record at 5-5. Mercy's Miranda Wiss was medalist with a 42 and Caroline Broderick and Christina Schwab each shot 44 for the Knights. Menlo next plays in the WBAL Tournament.
Gunn's run toward perfection in the SCVAL El Camino Division ended on Wednesday in a 4-3 loss to host Homestead. The match originally was scheduled for next week.
The loss dropped the Titans to 10-1 in the division (12-8 overall) and into a tie for first place with the Mustangs (10-1, 12-5). Each team has one match remaining and both are expected to win, thus setting up a playoff for the title -- possibly on Oct. 29 at Fremont High.
Gunn managed just one win in singles, by Lucy Oyer at No. 3, and thus needed to sweep the doubles. The Mustangs, however, picked up a win at No. 1 doubles over Gunn's Ebba Nord and Devyani Bhadkamkar, 6-4, 7-5, to pull out the victory.
In the WBAL Skyline Division, Castilleja maintained its hold on first place following a 6-1 victory over host King's Academy at the Sunnyvale Municipal Tennis Center. Paulette Wolak, Julia McKay and Celeste Wolyshen all won in doubles to lead the Gators (5-0, 5-3).
Girls' water polo
Jenna Swartz, Sophia Caryotakis and Jessica Heilman all scored three goals to pace host Menlo-Atherton to a 17-3 dunking of visiting Carlmont on Wednesday.
The victory, coupled with previously unbeaten Castilleja's loss to Burlingame, moved the Bears (3-0, 10-6) into sole possession of first place in the PAL Bay Division race.
In Burlingame, Castilleja (2-1, 9-8) battled the Panthers to a 6-6 halftime deadlock before being outscored in the third quarter, 2-0. That proved to be the difference in the match as the Gators fell, 9-7. Anna Yu scored three goals for Castilleja and Sydney Molano added two, while goalie Maddie Tarr had 12 saves.
In the PAL Ocean Division, Menlo School won its fourth straight with a 12-7 victory over visiting Half Moon Bay. The Knights improved to 8-2 in league (9-5 overall) as Audrey Flower scored four goals and Kaelen Dunn added three. Lindsay Montgomery had 11 goalie saves for Menlo, which grabbed a 9-2 halftime lead.
"This is a super-close team, and they were pumping each other up yesterday (a win over Hillsdale) as well as today," said Menlo coach Fana Fuqua. "They really feed off each other and there's a lot of motivation. That's important because then they feel the team belongs to them."
In the West Catholic Athletic League, host Sacred Heart Prep held on to first place with an 18-2 swamping of Notre Dame-Belmont. The Gators (5-0, 13-4) got four goals from Morgan McCracken and Caitlin Stuewe.
Boys' water polo
Sacred Heart Prep maintained its one-game lead over St. Francis and Bellarmine in the West Catholic Athletic League following a 17-9 dunking of host Serra on Wednesday night. The Gators improved to 5-0 (16-3 overall) as Harrison Enright and Michael Holloway each scored four goals. Zach Churukian and Bret Hinrichs added three each as the Gators tuned up for this weekend's North vs. South Challenge in Atherton./
Will Runkel had 12 saves in goal and Will Conner tossed in a pair of goals for SHP, which is the top seed for the North in the 16-team, two-day weekend tourney.
In the PAL Bay Division, host Menlo-Atherton held on to sole possession of first place with a 14-3 victory over Carlmont. Harrison Holland-McCowan and John Knox each tallied three goals for the Bears (3-0, 9-7).
In San Mateo, second-place Menlo School remained a game back of M-A following a 16-3 dunking of host Aragon. Andreas Katsis scored a season-high seven goals for the Knights (2-1, 9-8). Menlo also will be competing in the North-South Challenge, along with M-A.
— Palo Alto Online Sports
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Posted by Member, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Oct 19, 2012 at 7:18 am
What did Chloe Sales of Castilleja shoot against Sacred Heart on Wednesday?